Pride is the name of the game in the 2013 edition of The Civil War between the Oregon State Beavers and the No. 13 Oregon Ducks.
The Beavers have lost four straight and may miss a bowl at 6-5, which seems right for a team that started its season off with an upset at the hands of Eastern Washington from the Big Sky. Oregon State was most recently laughed off its home field with a 69-27 loss to Washington.
It was not too long ago the Ducks were in the perfect position to play for a title. Instead, the Ducks have now lost two of three (most recently a 42-16 knee-slapping loss to unranked Arizona), won't play in the Pac-12 Championship Game and will not play in a BCS bowl for the first time in five seasons.
The Platypus Trophy is as good as it gets for these two.
Here is everything fans must know heading into the historic rivalry game, which dates back as early as 1894.
When: Friday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Ore.
Television: Fox Sports 1
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
- Over/Under: 69
- Spread: Oregon (-21.5)
Beavers Injury Report (via USA Today)
|John Braun||DT||11/24/2013||is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon||Questionable||shoulder|
|Kevin Cummings||WR||10/30/2013||will miss the remainder of the regular season||Out||wrist|
|Michael Doctor||LB||09/11/2013||is out indefinitely||Out||foot|
|J.C. Grim||WR||11/24/2013||is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon||Questionable||wrist/arm|
|Roman Sapolu||G||09/11/2013||is expected to miss the remainder of the season||Out||foot|
Ducks Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Ricky Havill-Heimuli||DT||11/24/2013||is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon State||Questionable||leg|
|Wade Keliikipi||DT||11/24/2013||is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon State||Questionable||undisclosed|
|Colt Lyerla||TE||10/07/2013||has left the team||Out||personal|
|Marcus Mariota||QB||11/25/2013||is probable for Friday's game against Oregon State||Probable||head|
|Byron Marshall||RB||11/24/2013||is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon State||Questionable||ankle|
Can the Oregon Offense Rebound?
For a team that scored 55 or more points in six of its first seven games, Oregon has done little to impress in recent weeks.
A 26-20 November loss to then-No. 5 Stanford was easy to forgive—after all, the Cardinal have had Oregon's number.
A 42-16 loss to Arizona? Unacceptable.
Former Heisman contender and Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (who has been cleared to play, per of USA Today) has been far from himself in the two losses. He's thrown for 558 yards and four touchdowns to two interceptions in the defeats.
One problem—the yardage means little and three of the touchdowns came in garbage time in the fourth quarters with the games already decided.
The good news is the Ducks seemingly get a reprieve here in their final game of the season. In five consecutive wins dating back to 2008, the Ducks have scored 37 or more points in all and each contest save one has been decided by 17 or more points.
This year, the Beavers rank No. 95 with 31.7 points allowed per game on average. Now would be the time for Mariota and the Ducks to redeem themselves.
This Civil War is going to be a bloody affair.
Which team wins?
Oregon State is less than a week removed from allowing a season-high 69 points—at home to a Washington team that had previously eclipsed the 50-point mark twice this year.
Oregon may have surrendered a season-high 42 points last week, but the Beavers certainly do not have a player of Ka'Deem Carey's caliber (48 carries, 206 yards and four scores against Oregon) on the roster. The Ducks have allowed just one other team to go over 30 points.
Both teams desperately need a rebound. Oregon State has shown over the past winless month that one is simply not in the cards. That's even more so the case with the trip to Eugene. The Ducks win big.
Final Score: Ducks 45, Beavers 20